Atheists Get Destroyed by Epic Ben Carson Mic Drop After Complaining About Bible Study
When an atheist group sued Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson over his Bible study, he didn’t just go off on them. He mic-dropped them.
In an epic Facebook statement after a lawsuit from the notorious atheist group Freedom from Religion Foundation, Carson said he “refuse(d) to be intimidated by anti-religious groups into relinquishing my spirituality or religious beliefs.”
In a statement earlier this month, FFRF said it was filing suit along with Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington because they were refused a fee waiver for their FOIA request regarding a Bible study conducted by members of Trump’s cabinet.
According to CBN News, among those who attended the Bible study were Carson, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Energy Secretary Rick Perry, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and CIA Director Mike Pompeo.
“The lawsuit alleges that HUD has a pattern and practice of denying fee waivers on Freedom of Information Act requests ‘where disclosure of the requested documents is likely to cast the agency or HUD Secretary Ben Carson in a negative light,'” FFRF said in a news release.
“FFRF is seeking the records to determine whether or not the bible (sic) study uses government resources, whether staffers may feel coerced into organizing or even participating in the religious event, and to ascertain government access granted to Capitol Ministries, a group that seeks to evangelize elected officials.”
However, FOIA regulations only call for fee waivers “if disclosure of the information is in the public interest because it is likely to contribute significantly to public understanding of the operations or activities of the government and is not primarily in the commercial interest of the requester.”
In Carson’s Facebook post, he noted that the lawsuit wasn’t in the public interest because “no staff are involved in the Bible study.”
“They are fearful that a hot beverage or a bagel may be consumed at the expense of taxpayers or that staff may be coerced to participate in religious activities against their will,” Carson wrote.
“First of all, taxpayer funds are not used to support the ministry, and secondly, no staff are involved in the Bible study.
“More importantly, I refuse to be intimidated by anti-religious groups into relinquishing my spirituality or religious beliefs,” Carson continued.
“One of the principles of our nation‘s founding is freedom of religion. I will not stop being a Christian while in service to this country, in fact, it is my faith that helps me serve the nation even better. The relentless attacks on the spirituality of our nation must be resisted. We are not like everyone else, which is precisely the reason that we rose so rapidly from obscurity to become the most powerful and free nation in history.
“We sometimes smugly say that we won the cold war with the Soviet Union, but it was Joseph Stalin, the Russian tyrant who said the United States could be destroyed from within by eroding three things: our patriotism, our morality, and our spirituality,” Carson concluded.
“These things are currently under severe attack. We the people must decide who we are and what we stand for. If we don’t, the ending of the Cold War might change dramatically.”
And, mic dropped.
Sorry, but there’s nothing about this Bible study that seems remotely in the public interest unless the FFRF has evidence that the Bible study is abusing government funds or people are being pressured into attending.
Furthermore, it’s not as if FFRF doesn’t have the money, nor any information “where disclosure of the requested documents is likely to cast the agency or HUD Secretary Ben Carson in a negative light.”
If anything, it’s just the opposite.
What they have is a genuine distrust of anyone who practices their religion openly and in full view of the public. That’s what’s under attack here — and Dr. Carson absolutely nailed it.
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